• This will be the 35th encounter between Italy and Spain. The record is perfectly balanced so far with 10 wins each and 14 draws.
  • It will also be the sixth encounter between Italy and Spain in the European Championships (including four in the last three editions), making this the most played fixture in the history of the tournament.
  • Spain have eliminated Italy in their two previous encounters in the knockout stages of the EURO: 0-0 (4-2 after penalties) in 2008; 4-0 in the 2012 final.
  • Italy’s last victory against Spain in a major tournament was in the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup (2-1 thanks to goals from Dino and Roberto Baggio).
  • Italy have reached the knockout stages of the EURO for the sixth time in eight participations since 1980. It’s only the second time they’ve topped their group in the competition after 2000, when they reached the final.
  • Italy’s only outright victory in their last six EURO knockout games (ie without going to penalties) was in the 2012 semi-final against Germany (2-1).
  • Italy have failed to score in three of their last four knockout games at the EURO.
  • Italy have used more players than any other team at EURO 2016 (22).
  • Italy’s only previous game at the Stade de France in the knockout stages of a major tournament was in World Cup 1998: they lost 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw against France in the quarter-finals.
  • Meanwhile, Spain’s record at the Stade de France reads two wins and two defeats, all against France. They played, and were defeated, in the inaugural game in the stadium back in January 1998 (0-1).
  • Spain have won the last two Euros (2008, 2012), which had never happened before in the history of the tournament. They reached the final the last time the EURO was held in France (1984). They were beaten by the hosts (0-2).
  • Spain have lost three of their last six games at the World Cup and EURO, as many defeats as in their previous 31 major tournament games.
  • Spain’s starting line-up was the same in all three of their group games at EURO 2016.
  • Youri Djorkaeff is the last player to score against Spain in the EURO knockout stages, it was in June 2000. Since then, they haven’t conceded a goal in 646 minutes.
  • Cesc Fabregas has delivered at least one assist in each of his six major tournaments with Spain. Since 1980, only Karel Poborksy has amassed more assists (6) at the EURO than Fabregas (5).
  • Only Fernando Torres (5) and David Villa (4) have scored more goals at the EURO for Spain than 23-year-old Alvaro Morata (3).
  • Sergio Ramos has featured in 27 games at major tournaments, the joint-record for a Spanish outfield player alongside Fernando Torres. None of his 48 shots in the World Cup and EURO have found the back of the net.
  • Aritz Aduriz has scored only one goal in eight caps for Spain, it was against Italy last March.
  • Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci are the only players to have started all three of Italy’s games at EURO 2016.